Raphael Saadiq will play the 9:30 Club on February 8. Photograph by Peter Prato/New York Times/Redux.

Gary Gulman

Warner Theatre, February 1

In the space of a few years, Gulman has gone from a funny observational comic to someone—like groundbreaking comedians Tig Notaro and Hannah Gadsby—known for bravery and self-disclosure. This tour continues the conversation started by his 2019 HBO comedy special, The Great Depresh, in which Gulman tackles his mental-health struggles and still manages to find lots of laughs. $25 to $35.

Exquisita Agonía

GALA Hispanic Theatre, February 6–March 1
The latest from Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Nilo Cruz is coming to DC, and he’ll arrive along with it: The GALA production includes a rare opportunity to see Cruz direct his own work about an opera singer desperate to be with the young man who received her late husband’s heart. $20 to $55.

“Moira Dryer: Back in Business”

Phillips Collection, February 8–April 19

The late artist was best known for her abstract paintings on wood and use of vibrant colors, but Dryer once worked with some of those same elements in a different capacity—as a theater set designer. In the most extensive exploration of her early work to date, visitors can see how that experience informed her art; some of the paintings reference curtains and other theatrical forms. Free Tuesday through Friday, $12 Saturday and Sunday.

SOURCE: Washingtonian